Top things to do in March

Art events steal the spotlight in the UAE while the new season of motor racing gets to a thrilling start in Bahrain. And there's a lot more lined up for the month ahead


Bahrain Grand Prix

🗓 March 17 - 19, 2023 📍Sakhir, Bahrain


The 2023 FIA Formula 1 World Championship kicks off with the Bahrain Grand Prix on March 17. Taking place at Bahrain International Circuit in the heart of the Sakhir desert, it marks the first of more than 20 rounds in the new season. The 2023 race will be the fifth time that the Formula 1 season will have started in Bahrain as the opening race was previously held in Sakhir in 2006, 2010, 2021 and 2022. The upcoming event also marks the 19th edition of the kingdom’s 57-lap race and its 10th at night under Bahrain International Circuit’s floodlights.


To book your hotel in Bahrain, visit rotana.com


Ramadan

🗓 March 22 - April 21, 2023 📍Worldwide


The Holy Month of Ramadan is a special season in the region and around the world as the devout turn their gaze inwards, seeking to enhance their spirituality. During this period, the faithful fast from sunrise to sunset, in keeping with one of the five pillars of Islam. While daylight hours move more slowly, the region comes to life after the sun goes down and the fast is broken with iftar, with friends and family gathering from sunset and coming back together late into the night to socialise before suhoor.


Middle East Comic Con

🗓 March 3 - 5, 2023 📍Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates


Promising three packed days of thrilling pop culture events for visitors of all ages, the Middle East Film and Comic Con is returning to Abu Dhabi for its 11th year. The region's largest celebration of comics, movies, anime, manga, gaming and all things pop culture, fans can expect a series of competitions, workshops and talks with A-list celebrities. There’s also the chance to obtain exclusive artwork and invest in limited editions of renowned comic books.


To book your hotel in Abu Dhabi, visit rotana.com


Art Dubai

🗓 March 1 - 5, 2023 📍Dubai, United Arab Emirates


March is an exciting time for art enthusiasts in Dubai as one of the world’s most prestigious art fairs returns to the emirate. The 16th edition of Art Dubai will feature more than 100 participants from over 40 countries and six continents. The 2023 edition of the fair will also showcase 30 first-time participants, while over 60 percent of the programming is drawn from the Global South. This reaffirms the event's position on the global stage and cements Dubai's status as a leading destination for all things creative. Like every year, the fair will present new artistic perspectives across four sections: Contemporary, Modern, Bawwaba and Digital, and this will run alongside an extensive programme of performances, commissions, workshops, talks and conferences.


To book your hotel in Dubai, visit rotana.com


St. Patrick's Day

🗓 March 17, 2022 📍Worldwide


Having begun as a way to commemorate the patron saint of Ireland, St. Patrick’s Day has evolved over time and is now a worldwide celebration of all things Irish. Public parades, festivals, dances, good luck charms and plenty of green in tribute to the Emerald Isle are seen across the globe. Traditionally, people sport the colour green in their outfits on the occasion as they believe it will bring good luck, while others wear it to honour their Irish ancestry.